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Candlemas


Adorna thalamum tuum, Sion, et suscipe Regem Christum:
amplectere Mariam, quae est coelestis porta:
[amplectere Messiam gratulare huiusce matri:]
ipsa enim portat Regem gloriae novi luminis.
Subsistit Virgo, adducens manibus Filium ante luciferum genitum:
quem accipiens Simeon in ulnas suas praedicavit populis
Dominum eum esse vitae et mortis et Salvatorem mundi.

Adorn thy bridal chamber, O Sion, and receive Christ the King:
embrace Mary, who is the gate of heaven,
[embrace the Messiah and congratulate this mother]
who herself truly brings the glorious King of new light.
She remains a virgin, though bearing in her hands a Son begotten before the daystar,
whom Simeon, taking him in his arms, proclaimed to the people
to be the Lord of life and death, and Saviour of the world.

Candlemas, February 2

CandlemasThe Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is one of the ancient Feasts of the early Christian church. The candlelight procession at the beginning of the liturgy reminds us that we are called to bear the light of the truth of the Gospel to all whom we encounter in our daily life.

Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem in a sermon in the 7th century said:

“Our bright shining candles are a sign of divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.”

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia will celebrate Mass Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 pm for the Presentation. All are welcome.

To learn about this feast of the ancient Christian church, read: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03245b.htm


Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine,
secundum verbum tuum in pace:

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles
and the glory of your people Israel.

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles
and the glory of your people Israel.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.

Which your prepared in the sight of all peoples.

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.
Luke 2:29-32


Adorna thalamum tuum, Sion, et suscipe Regem Christum:
amplectere Mariam, quae est coelestis porta:
[amplectere Messiam gratulare huiusce matri:]
ipsa enim portat Regem gloriae novi luminis.
Subsistit Virgo, adducens manibus Filium ante luciferum genitum:
quem accipiens Simeon in ulnas suas praedicavit populis
Dominum eum esse vitae et mortis et Salvatorem mundi.

Adorn thy bridal chamber, O Sion, and receive Christ the King:
embrace Mary, who is the gate of heaven,
[embrace the Messiah and congratulate this mother}
who herself truly brings the glorious King of new light.
She remains a virgin, though bearing in her hands a Son begotten before the daystar,
whom Simeon, taking him in his arms, proclaimed to the people
to be the Lord of life and death, and Saviour of the world.

Candlemas – The Presentation of the Lord

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, sometimes called Candlemas, the day on which the church blesses candles, concludes our Christmas Feast. In the diary of Egeria, a fourth century Spanish pilgrim, we see what she saw, the Feast “observed with special magnificence”. In Jerusalem. they gathered at the place of the Resurrection and celebrated the Feast of the Presentation with the same solemnity of Easter.  
 
The Feast has captured for generations the artistic imagination of Christians in both art and music. Candles are blessed, and an ancient hymn is sung, Adorna Thalamum, an invitation for us to prepare our hearts, as Simeon did, to be a bridal chamber for Christ, the world’s savior. Here is a splendid translation by Kathleen Pluth which has these verses:
 
Let Zion’s bridal-room be clothed:
He comes, her Lord and her Betrothed.
Let man and woman, by faith’s light,
Their vigil keep throughout the night.
 
His parents to the temple bring
The Temple as an offering
The righteousness of law He chose
Though to the law He nothing owes.
 
Please read the rest, as it is delightul and our congregation sang it to the tune of Jesu, Dulcis Memoria.

 
Monsignor Mark Lane has a beautiful post on his blog on the Presentation of the Lord in art. As you look at the blog post, be sure to click the artworks he is showing. They will then be enlarged and you can examine them in detail.
 
http://neweyesonart.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/presentation-of-the-lord/
 
What does this Feast mean for us, besides a particularly beautiful liturgy? Guerric of Igny (die 1157) ranks with Bernard of Clairvaux, Aelred of Rievaulx and William of Saint Thierry as one of the “four evangelists of Citeaux.” “Guerric of Igny, Liturgical Sermons, Book I,” Cistercian Publications, . 
From a thousand years ago, Guerric’s stunning words speak to us:
 

“Could anyone hold up a lighted candle in his hands on this day without at once remembering that old man who on this same day took up in his arms Jesus, God’s Word, clothe in flesh like a candle-flame clothed in wax, and affirmed him to be the Light which would be a beacon for the Gentiles.”

Inspired by this Medieval sermon, may we like Simeon embrace God’s Wisdom incarnate in Jesus to be a lamp in the heart through living faith; to be a lamp in the hand through works of charity; to be a lamp of the lips through edifying speech, and thus shine not only before men but before God himself through pure intention of heart. 
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